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This is Previous-Essay <== This-Essay ==> Following-Essay Click HERE on this line to find essays via Your-Key-Words. {Most frequent wordstarts of each essay will be put here.} ========================================================== %GOOD ALIEN FRIEND ENEMY CONFLICT FUNDAMENTAL JUDGE 930414 Dichotomous thinkers seek to eliminate ambiguity, doubts, uncertainty and confusion through the use of distinctions and decisions which are arbitrary, capricious and/or discriminatory. They try to make it appear that they act in terms of ideals and values which merit respect and support; but looking behind the appearance carefully will show that the appearance is determined more by a mask, than by the reality behind the mask. Dichotomous thinkers have a compulsive need to reduce complex situations to simple situations where sharp boundaries can apparently be drawn between yes/no, good/evil, friend/enemy, right/wrong, true/false, black/white, perfect/imperfect, acceptable/un-acceptable, and other poles of artificially created and maintained dichotomies. They find it impossible to accept unique people as they truly are in their complex uniqueness which transcends all dichotomous categorizations. Creative and unique people must be analyzed and reduced through violent manipulations into a pattern of yes/no answers to dichotomous questions; and accepted or rejected according to some formal formula. Dichotomous thinkers do not respect or support true personal or communal integrity; for integrity has to do with making and maintaining true connections, relationships and interactions. Dichotomous thinkers are fundamentalists who use their selected fundamental values and ideals to make and maintain alienative distinctions with clean boundaries between what/who is acceptable and what/who is properly rejectable. Dichotomous thinkers are opposed to true conflict resolution and work instead to promote conflicts between opposing poles of the dichotomies which they work to maintain. Personal and communal integrity are neither respected nor supported by dichotomous thinkers. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================